US Wii sales hit 35 million, games hit sales milestones

New Super Mario Bros. Wii sells 8 million domestically, Donkey Kong Country Returns sells 2 million; New Super Mario Bros. DS sells 9 million.

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In January, Nintendo released worldwide sales figures for many of its top-selling titles. As of the end of December, Super Mario Galaxy 2 had sold 6.15 million units internationally, while Donkey Kong Country Returns moved 4.21 million units. New Super Mario Bros. Wii sold 21.28 million units, while New Super Mario Bros. for the DS had sold 26.21 million copies. Together, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver had sold 11.72 million units.

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a gorilla-sized hit for Nintendo.

Today, following NPD's report of February game sales, Nintendo announced some US-specific sales figures for many of its games--and its current-generation console. February's 454,000 Wiis sold brought the console's total US installed base to 35 million--the fastest any console has reached that mark, according to Nintendo. As of December 31, 2010, nearly 85 million Wiis had been sold worldwide.

Moving on to games, 2 million copies of Donkey Kong Country Returns have been sold in the US following its November 2010 launch in the territory. More than 8 million copies of the platformer New Super Mario Bros. Wii have been sold since its stateside launch in November 2009, along with 9 million copies of New Super Mario Bros. for the DS, which went on sale in May 2006. Not including Pokemon HeartGold, Pokemon SoulSilver has sold more than 2 million units as of February.

Discussion

96 comments
Zeus-Guy
Zeus-Guy

Just goes to show you that people prefer Donkey Kong Country over those Donkey Kong games made by Paon.

fabz_95
fabz_95

I don't buy many Wii games anymore (sorry Nintendo, I'm more of a PS3 man now) but I'm glad to see that sales are going strongly.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ DanielL5583 100% without doubt. It's so cool,and has been so successful,you can almost take opinion out of the matter and say that as a fact Metroid is a great series. And I would like a post-Fusion game as well. Samus is left in a very big political mess at the end of it,and I'd like to see how she does with almost everyone against her.Of course,they'd need to figure out how to get Metroids and the Space Pirates back in the story,because they're actually all supposed to be totally extinct.Easy enough to work around I suppose,but it has to be more than,"A pirate escape vessel happened to dodge our notice,and they've set up a new base on Larrex Prime."You get my drift.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Nintendo still doing well even though I sold both my Wiis :lol:

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@Wormkid_64 I was wondering what happened after Fusion. Obviously, her Power Suit's stuffed to become the Fusion Suit, so... I dunno. Maybe I'm thinking too much into it. But hey, would you agree that Metroid is one of the best gaming series to date?

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

One more thing to say. They fixed their typo I mentioned several comments ago.Apparently "platforminers" aren't real things.Shame.They sound cool.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ Hig1134 I totally agree about Metroid Other M. I didn't hate it.Stand alone it would be a great game.Doesn't fit in the Metroid universe quite so well. I want new Metroid game that comes before Prime 1. I want to see Samus put on her Power Suit for the first time.I want to see a Chozo before they went mad and got trapped in a different dimension. I don't care if it's 2D, or 3D,I feel the desire and appeal of both! I want one on both the Wii and 3DS,but either one works for me.Let's see a legendary Metroid like Super Metroid and the Primes were!

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

This is great news! Nintendo, you sure as hell know what games are all about. Not graphics, but gameplay. That said, some Wii games have amazing graphics, like the Metroid games. I WANT METROID PRIME 3! But I can't get it yet because I'm getting the 3DS...

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ boogiedad I too have every Nintendo console ever,except the Virtual Boy(Giga-flop).I have no idea how you have found such disappointment. But whatever.If you don't like something,that's your choice. I can't make you. However you simply cannot say what you have said about the 3DS.No one can,except those who have played fully released titles from Japan. You haven't played it. It isn't the same as the DS. Not just another iteration. It's an overhaul.New graphics.Until the NGP comes out,it will be the most powerful handheld to date,just outpacing the PSP.New capabilities.AR games.New connectivity.Totally upgraded experience in every way. Nintendo is finally realizing the importance of online gameplay. All of this means it simply can't be written off the way the DSiXL can(If you have a DSi,you don't need an XL). It's all new. It cannot be judged until it is experienced,and my only other point besides that is that there is no need to slam a company/console/game/anything you don't like. You can simply say so.

axlroselm
axlroselm

i got my wii 6 months ago. and i play NSMB, DC Returns, and fire emblem. i love them all. but my problem is that there are really few descent third party contribution to the console. the only future release that i interested in is The Last Story. i mean too few games. but i must admit that i love the retro feelings of the games. it is so special for a 30+ like me.

widdowson91
widdowson91

@BILLNYE6983: Nintnedogs is still this gen. The Lasy Story is out, but only in Japan at the moment. If you can't find Monado then search Xenoblade. It's the same game, but in Japan its called Xenoblade.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

@Widdowson91, Nintendogs is a fairly old DS game... The Last Story is not out yet... And that last game you mentioned I can't even find on GS... If that is your list of new IPs...

widdowson91
widdowson91

@blancobo: I wouldn't say 70 million Wii's aren't used or are only used for body workouts. That's like saying 40 million XBox 360's are onyl used for their multimedia features. Plenty of people play their Wii regularly.

widdowson91
widdowson91

@BILLNYE6983: Nintendo have had more enw IP's this gen then any since the third gen. Nintendogs, The Last Story, Monado: Beginning of the World and the Wii range are just a few. I don't necessarily think its fair to say that Nintendo rely or fall back on Zelda, Mario and Metroid too much.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@nintendoboy16 I know it's going to sound really anal, but I don't buy used games. I feel like I am not contributing to the industry otherwise. But then a person reads that and thinks "well stop complaining about the price then" lol.

mtait01
mtait01

its amazing how cheap wiis are now, great great console for party games and nintendo exclusives.

blancobo
blancobo

These are great news! 85 million Wiis sold worldwide, and there are like 70 million of these working like bookshelves or like weekly body workout aid. I have one just like that! Still into PS3 and 360!. Great for those that still like the Nintendo style console. I do agree that my kids love the Wii.

starfox15
starfox15

Martin_king they wanted to but the original creator of the series wasn't on board with their plans so they scrapped it. Frankly, without him on it I can't imagine the game being as good as the original or the 64 version.

bigM10231
bigM10231

even though it may have lower quality games, ill be playing it 10 years from now because of its reliability

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@kavadias1981 So buy them used. They are a bit cheaper then.

martin_king18
martin_king18

yayyy Go Nintendo...you know something when Will Nintendo Bring out a Star Fox Game?? ever since Nintendo came out they never mention it any thoughts?

wahyudil
wahyudil

donkey kong country is too hardcore for me ... the game is too damn difficult ... more harder than mario galaxy 2 ... but still, I want RPG and zelda ... My wii motion plus is ready ...

flazzle
flazzle

I love the Wii for something different. While I understand how it may not have the same appeal as a PS3/360, it does have its place. I am loving No More Heroes right now, and it's perfect for this system.

charlie_bm
charlie_bm

All of the listed games deserved those sales figures, good for Nintendo!

Hig1134
Hig1134

@minhas27 Worldwide, I said, not US. Check it on VGchartz. Bulletstorm is a multi-platform game, of course it will sell more, I don't see what that has to do with it. Both games are good and your point is void anyway because PS3 gamers can play both. Either way, PS3 will easily outsell 360 eventually. Next time, read a sentence before you try to argue it. Meathead!....why am I being harassed by an Xbot troll when we were originally discussing the wii and its games?! I guess he's bored with halo...lol

vader501st
vader501st

I have a Wii, it's good, but it's doesn't have half the appeal the 360 or PS3 have to me. Their games and exclusives are so much better. Even the 3DS is shaping up to have a better game library than the Wii.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Some people say only Nintendo makes good games for Wii. That's not true. Capcom and Sega make good games on the console. And that's about it. If nothing else, I want to see more old school titles remade using Wii controls. Where's Mario Sunshine and Mega Man 64 for Wii? Those titles would be great to play with motion control.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

Jecht_35, People will probably never consider Okami a Wii game. It game out on PS3 last generation. Of course the Wii has good games. But most of them are part of long running series. People want new games. Nintendo community needs to calm down. You are the least bit ciritcal and everyone is voting your comments down...

Dualmask
Dualmask

I love the fact that New Super Mario Bros Wii sold nearly four times as much as Super Mario Galaxy 2 worldwide. (Yes I know the former was out longer but that's still a huge difference.) Nintendo needs to recognize that 2D is not dead and no one wants it to die. Give us a real Metroid and a real Kirby game.

minhas27
minhas27

Hig1134 Sony is at 48 million?Look at killzone 3 sales bulletstorm sales more than killzone 3 even worse no 8 spot in US this month.48 million? thanks for your silly opinion

jecht_35
jecht_35

what are you people talking about the wii has amazing games like Okami, super smash bros. brawl, super Mario galaxy 1 and 2, Kirby epic yarn( the name says it all), World of goo, monster hunter, trauma center, ect... the list goes on. I'm not saying this because i'm fan boy but because i do think the wii has amazing games for everyone to try.

Hig1134
Hig1134

@minhas27 Worldwide, Sony is at 48 million, give or take a little bit. Microcrap is at 50 million, with a year headstart on PS3. The PS3 will end up selling more, because it's a better piece of hardware, with much more potential. Hope that helps you with your silly little opinion. @jefer12 I'd like to see you play DK Returns, that game would kick your ass.

minhas27
minhas27

Microsoft and Nintendo release their worldwide sales but what about sony oh i am sorry they are busy fighting with hacker.

jefer12
jefer12

I think nintendo make games for just casual gamers !! this games are n,t able to get me surprised these are just stupid games!!!!!!!!!:-))

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

I got one of those red mario Wiis during Christmas. I haven't played it much because I really don't have many games yet and I beat Twilight Princess on GC way back when so there is nothing I HAVE to play right now. I buy all my third party games on my PS3 or PC though. I just see no reason to buy a game on the Wii over other systems. I want to get a few of the first party games though. Nintendo has been really lazy with new first party IPs though. They just fall back on Mario, Metroid, Zelda, etc. Which are all solid series, but how about something new? Wii has good games but I think it has the weakest lineup of all three consoles. Lots of people bought Wiis 'just cause' instead of buying it cause they like the games.

svdbygrce02
svdbygrce02

The only good games for the Wii are produced by Nintendo. When is the last time you saw record sales figures for Cooking Mama LOL

trdrstv
trdrstv

@boogiedad If you think the Wii is trash, I'll take it off your hands for $50. If you are interested PM me and I'll send you an address where you can send it COD.

Hig1134
Hig1134

Both New SMB wii and DK Returns are awesome. I'm a PS3 gamer, but I bought a wii for these games. It's good that the wii is a different kind of console. If it had been more like PS3 or 360, we might not even see games like these. Probably just more shooters....and we don't need more shooters. New Super Metroid wii anyone? Come on Nintendo.....and leave team ninja out this time....although I didn't hate Other M like everyone else did.

boogiedad
boogiedad

@wormkid_64 you must have been on another planet while nintendo released countless reconfigurations of its hand held.. the 3ds will sell because its nintendo. but aside from the so called 3d graphics you will be paying for the same dsi , ds lite, or ds you should already have if your a true nintendo lover . all nintedo will shovel you is a bunch of remakes take your money while you try to convince yourself that its worth it. i have every system from the nes come str88t up. i still have my neo geo and 3do , gensis, 32x etc. i still have the headache inducing virtual boy nintendo shoveled me.nintenod games have become boring rehash. i sit and watch success and failure and has never sided with one game company over another because i like having different choices. but when i see a company with so much talent as nintendo give me updated versions of the same titles over and over i find it unacceptable

Incetardis
Incetardis

Skyward Sword will probably sell a million copies day one.

cubachino
cubachino

@AtomicCowboy Funny you would use simple minded to describe other gamers. Because as I see it. You seem to only think that games have to be in high definition and the sound has to come out of five speakers in order for them to be any good. Now, if that's not simple minded then I don't know what is. And apparently there's at least 85 million people around the world that will probably disagree with you So how about you stop being a VIDEO GAME BIGOT and except the fact that weather you like it or not there are different demographics who like different types of games.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

There a quite a few Wii games that I still want, it's just, I have a wish list, and when I want a new game it is the cheapest one on that list that gets bought first. Funny thing is, it is never the Nintendo games. Why the fudge are they never cheap?!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@Wormkid_64 lol what IS a platforminor indeed

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ boogiedad Aren't you just a little ray of sunshine. You'll note,none of the titles listed here were workout games.And if they were truly all the things you unnecessarily called them,I'm sure those MILLIONS of people would agree with you,rather than buy "trash". And what can you possibly know about the 3DS that let's you call its games garbage?It isn't out yet.Call it garbage AFTER you play it. Anyway so you don't like the Wii.Fine.Big whoop.No need to become an emotional wreck.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Wow! 85 million! And those games! Keep bringing them out Nintnedo!And you third parties take a lesson from them.Stellar games are entirely possible on the Wii! BTW is this a typo in the last paragraph? "Over 8 million copies of the platforminer New Super Mario Bros." What's a platforminer?